Anne Brontë’s ‘Agnes Grey’: A Melancholy Story with a Happy Ending

I first read Anne Brontë’s ‘Agnes Grey’ a long time ago – in my early twenties – about the time that I first read ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’. I believe a fair number of people consider it her masterpiece in its brevity and tight plotting. I can see it has those features, but I … Continue reading Anne Brontë’s ‘Agnes Grey’: A Melancholy Story with a Happy Ending

Film Versions of Classic Novels and ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.’

  I tend to find film versions of books disappointing. By their very nature, they have to be truncated and dramaticised, and that to my mind does away with various subtleties and nuances. Two characters are often joined into one, others written out of the script. Various events are transposed. Quite often things are simplified. … Continue reading Film Versions of Classic Novels and ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.’

Heathcliff Meets Huntingdon and Jane Eyre: Wuthering Heights Spoof Sequel Part Two

Setting: Wuthering Heights: Heathcliff and Arthur Huntingdon now sit at the table in the great room with the ‘houseplace’ and the great fire, decidedly the worse for drink. Both clutch a pack of marked cards. Joseph and Hareton go along the passageway outside, making for the stairs. Joseph: ‘Tis fair shocking. I’m afeered t’upstart maister … Continue reading Heathcliff Meets Huntingdon and Jane Eyre: Wuthering Heights Spoof Sequel Part Two

That Dreaded Manuscript in Your Drawer: join Jane Austen and Pushkin in having a Manuscript in That Drawer of Doom

First of all, I’d like to wish everyone Season’s Greetings. Then I'd like to thank Robert Wingfield of INCA for designing for me such a wonderful new cover for 'Alex Sager's Demon'.  Here it is, above. You can get it on: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FDWD7BY?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660 http:/'www.amazon.com/Alex-Sagers-Demon-Pushkins-Nemesis-ebook/ or http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alex-Sagers-Demon-Pushkins-Nemesis-ebook I wanted to write a skit for a Christmas post, … Continue reading That Dreaded Manuscript in Your Drawer: join Jane Austen and Pushkin in having a Manuscript in That Drawer of Doom

Anne Bronte’s ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’; Arthur Huntingdon as Gothic Antagonist

I finished re-reading Anne Bronte’s ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ yesterday. My impressions of it hadn’t radically changed that much since I first read it in my early twenties. The fact that they hadn’t, startled me; it is disappointing when you re-read something, and find that your viewpoint is the same; you even begin to … Continue reading Anne Bronte’s ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’; Arthur Huntingdon as Gothic Antagonist

‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ by Anne Bronte; An Underestimated Classic

A reader of this blog was flattering enough to want my opinion of Anne Bronte’s ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’. I was delighted, as that was a novel that fascinated me, and it gave me a reason to bring it up on my long and dusty reading list ( a second attempt at ‘Moby Dick’ … Continue reading ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ by Anne Bronte; An Underestimated Classic